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The Timeless Charm of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

When life gives you lemons, chop those up, get your secret stash of booze and drink to your heart’s desire. As the film welcomes us to Bridget Jones crying, drinking an ungodly amount of wine, binge-watching Frasier and lip-syncing to Jamie O’Neal’s “All by Myself”, it reminds its audience of memories of their lowest times,… Continue reading The Timeless Charm of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘F#*@BOIS’ – The Politics of Appearances

After 2013’s Quick Change and 2016’s Pamilya Ordinaryo, Eduardo Roy, Jr. returns to Cinemalaya with F#*@BOIS, a provocative crime thriller about bikini pageant contestants Ace (Royce Cabrera) and Miko (Kokoy De Santos) who also sideline as male escorts to their rich, closeted gay patron Mayor Fernan (Ricky Davao). The film, for which Roy won as… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘F#*@BOIS’ – The Politics of Appearances

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‘Parasite’: The Window Towards Greener Pastures

[This review contains spoilers about the film] There’s a cliché saying that goes “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” That by looking into the eyes of a person, might reveal a glimpse of the inner mechanisms of such heart and thereby, gains insight into the soul. If such saying implies truth, then surely,… Continue reading ‘Parasite’: The Window Towards Greener Pastures

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Belle Douleur’ – An Imperfect Yet Refreshing Take on an Emerging Trend

Women are often defined by the people that surround them. They are their parents’ daughters, their husbands’ wives, and their children’s mothers. A woman defining her own person outside of these labels undergoes a long and laborious process that’s never easy. In Belle Douleur, we are taken into a journey of self-actualization and are returned… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Belle Douleur’ – An Imperfect Yet Refreshing Take on an Emerging Trend

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Pandanggo Sa Hukay’ – A Tired Tale of Pseudo Feminism

TW: Mentions of sexual abuse and rape. What’s the point? I spent almost two hours asking myself this as I watched this film unfold before my very eyes. Even after the audience clapped and the credits rolled, I was asking myself what the point of the whole film was. Pandaggo Sa Hukay is a story… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Pandanggo Sa Hukay’ – A Tired Tale of Pseudo Feminism

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‘Crawl’: The Latest Entry in This Summer’s Flimsy Blockbuster Lineup

In the age of cinematic cash-grabs, every original story, especially in the league of summer flicks, are more than welcome. Crawl ticked off every ingredient needed for a classic seasonal blockbuster, so imagine my excitement as I sat in my local theater, popcorn in hand, ready for suspense-driven, action-packed, mindless fun. Much to my disappointment,… Continue reading ‘Crawl’: The Latest Entry in This Summer’s Flimsy Blockbuster Lineup

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‘Otherhood’: What’s So Funny About Toxic Mothers?

It’s hard not to be suspicious of a Mother’s Day movie not released on Mother’s Day—is it good enough on its own that it doesn’t need a holiday to bolster its success, or is it that bad that it can’t possibly compete with other Mother’s Day blockbuster offerings? Otherhood, at its surface, seems like your… Continue reading ‘Otherhood’: What’s So Funny About Toxic Mothers?

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Iska’ – A Realistic Portrait that Failed to Say Anything Real

We open to a scene that takes its time drawing in breath, holding it in for as long as it can until the inevitable exhale. It is a practiced patience, a testament to the unconditional love this life-beaten grandmother has for the autistic grandson her daughter abandoned. If, like a practiced diver, the film held… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Iska’ – A Realistic Portrait that Failed to Say Anything Real